At the cross her vigil keeping

Author: Jacopone da Todi

Jacobus de Benedictis, commonly known as Jacopone, was born at Todi in Umbria, early in the 13th century, his proper name being Jacopone di Benedetti. He was descended from a noble family, and for some time led a secular life. Some remarkable circumstances which attended the violent death of his wife, led him to withdraw himself from the world, and to enter the Order of St. Francis, in which he remained as a lay brother till his death, at an advanced age, in 1306. His zeal led him to attack the religious abuses of the day. This brought him into conflict with Pope Boniface VIII., the result being imprisonment for long periods. His poetical pieces were written, some in Italian, and some in Latin, the most famous of the latter being "Cur mundu… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: At the cross her vigil keeping
Latin Title: Stabat mater dolorosa
Author: Jacopone da Todi
Meter: 8.8.7.8.8.7
Source: Latin, 12th cent.; Tr.: Hymnal 1982
Language: English
Copyright: © The Church Pension Fund



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